Engagement and mentor support as drivers of social development in the project K youth development program

Chapman, Cassandra M., Deane, Kelsey L., Harre, Niki, Courtney, Matthew G. R. and Moore, Julie (2017) Engagement and mentor support as drivers of social development in the project K youth development program. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 46 3: 644-655. doi:10.1007/s10964-017-0640-5


Author Chapman, Cassandra M.
Deane, Kelsey L.
Harre, Niki
Courtney, Matthew G. R.
Moore, Julie
Title Engagement and mentor support as drivers of social development in the project K youth development program
Journal name Journal of Youth and Adolescence   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1573-6601
0047-2891
Publication date 2017-03-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s10964-017-0640-5
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 46
Issue 3
Start page 644
End page 655
Total pages 12
Place of publication New York, NY, United States
Publisher Springer New York LLC
Language eng
Abstract Youth development programs can achieve positive social outcomes, however studies comparing the influence of different program components are rare. Structural equation modeling of longitudinal, multilevel data (N = 327) from Project K, a multi-component youth development program, assessed how experiences of engagement or support in each component affected social outcomes. Participants reported significant gains in social self-efficacy and sense of community after the program. Engagement in the outdoor adventure and support during the mentoring partnership components significantly contributed to observed social gains, while engagement in the community service component did not. Results confirm youth development programs can positively influence adolescent social development, while highlighting the importance of moving beyond "black box" investigations in order to maximize program impact and efficiency.
Formatted abstract
Youth development programs can achieve positive social outcomes, however studies comparing the influence of different program components are rare. Structural equation modeling of longitudinal, multilevel data (N = 327) from Project K, a multi-component youth development program, assessed how experiences of engagement or support in each component affected social outcomes. Participants reported significant gains in social self-efficacy and sense of community after the program. Engagement in the outdoor adventure and support during the mentoring partnership components significantly contributed to observed social gains, while engagement in the community service component did not. Results confirm youth development programs can positively influence adolescent social development, while highlighting the importance of moving beyond “black box” investigations in order to maximize program impact and efficiency.
Keyword Adventure programs
Mentoring
Program evaluation
Self-efficacy
Social development
Youth development
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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